Male heart attack survivors may benefit from moderate drinking

Data from the more than 51,000 men in the US Health Professionals Follow-up study showed a U-shaped relationship between drinking habits and risk of death from any cause.

Men who drank the equivalent of two drinks daily (10 to 29.9g of alcohol) over a long period of time had a 14% lower risk of all-cause mortality and a 42% lower risk from cardiovascular disease, the researchers found.

The type of drink did not affect the results.

Non-drinkers and men who drank 30g alcohol or more daily had a similar risk of death.

Eur Heart J 2012, online 28 March